Put on Your Oxygen Mask first

Put on Your Oxygen Mask first

Remember the safety demonstration on airplanes? “In the unlikely event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting children.”

There’s a deep truth in that advice with applications for children’s ministry. You cannot help others, unless you take care of yourself first. You cannot serve your students in the best way possible, unless you put on your own oxygen mask first. Taking care of your own basic needs is not selfish; it enables you to give selflessly to others. You can't give what you don't have.

Let’s see how the oxygen mask principle plays out in the context of children’s ministry.

Three Ways to Empower Your Volunteers

Three Ways to Empower Your Volunteers

September brings fresh opportunities to serve the children of your church and energize their faith.

However, if you want to succeed in this sacred task, your focus shouldn't be on the children but on your volunteers.

They are the secret to a thriving ministry.

Here's my collection of Tips, Tricks, and Tools to help you take a good care of your volunteer force.

Five Keys to Setting Children Free from Fear


All children are familiar with fear.

... Fear of failure

... Fear of the unknown

… Fear of the dark

... Fear of risk

... Fear of not being good enough

The list could go on and on, and on.

Fear blocks their view of God’s greatness, and draws all their attention toward the challenge they are facing.

Fear robs them of joy and peace making them feel utterly powerless.

One of the most important things you can do?

Teach children how to be brave.

We've created the 5-week Fear Busters series in response to many parents in our church telling us about anxiety and fears controlling their children's thoughts and emotions.

Each lesson includes a short Bible video and is supported by engaging, hands-on activities that give children practical tools to stomp out their fears.

We've tested this series on our kids, and have seen great things come out of it.

... Honest conversations

... Heartfelt prayers

... Confident lives

... Life-giving accountability

This series could be a great follow-up to the Easter lesson. It's also perfect as a special summer series.

You know the old adage about giving our children roots and wings?

That's the whole focus of the Fear Busters series.

Unconditional love is the roots.

Courage is the wings.

Children who have both live bigger lives.

Check out the series description for the five powerful keys to help you train children who don't live in fear.


KEY #1: Fear ends where faith begins. 
// David and Goliath

KEY #2: Be brave. Take risks. Trust God.
// Esther 

KEY #3: When the waves come, keep your eyes on Jesus.
// Peter Walks on the Water

KEY #4: Even when we fail Him, God still loves us.
// Peter Denies Jesus

KEY #5: The Holy Spirit gives us boldness.
// Peter Defends Jesus

Each lesson includes:

  • High quality Bible video

  • Motivational poster

  • Hands-on, interactive activities (enough to fill 2 hours)

  • Music videos to support the series

Money ... the dreaded topic we like to avoid

Money ... the dreaded topic we like to avoid

Most parents and churches dread to talk to kids about … money. But our silence will cost us in the long run. Whether they like it or not, our children will have a life-long relationship with money. If we don't train them to love God, to work hard, to make money, to master money, and to use money for the glory of God and the good of people, we'll have a generation of Christians drowning in debt and consumerism, unable to make any profound difference in their world.